Jungle of sustainability.

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Lost in the jungle of sustainability acronyms? Don’t worry, here comes TriplePundit to our rescue with (very incomplete and partial) list of the most important acronyms you should know. Thanks TriplePundit !

Vi siete persi nella giungla delle sigle della sostenibilità? Niente paura, ecco che in nostro soccorso arriva TriplePundit con l’elenco (assolutamente incompleto e parziale) delle più importanti sigle da sapere. Grazie TriplePundit !

  • Agenda 21 A non-binding, voluntarily-implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development.
  • AODP The Asset Owners Disclosure Project survey of investors on climate actions
  • BCI The Better Cotton Initiative, guidance on fair labor and sustainable cotton production
  • B Corp B Corp, or B Corporation, is a business certification from B Labs. benefit corporation is a legal business construct, like an LLC or C Corp, except it has sustainability at its core.
  • BREEAM Building Research Establishment Global’s Environmental Assessment Method for green building
  • BSR BSR is a global nonprofit organization with member companies and a widely attended annual conference.
  • CCS Carbon capture and storage (or sequester) projects
  • CDP Formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project (now just CDP); issues corporate surveys on climate change, water and forestry, with additional supply chain reporting guidance.
  • CDSB Climate Disclosure Standards Board; provides guidance on climate reporting, and proposed stock exchange listing rule on climate emissions reporting.
  • CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
  • CO2e Carbon dioxide equivalent — frequently used in emissions reporting.
  • COP Communication on progress — a reporting requirement of being a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact.
  • CSR or CR Corporate social responsibility or corporate responsibility, commonly used interchangeably
  • DFPRW Declaration on fundamental principals and rights to work
  • DJSI Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • EEIC Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition: a code of conduct for the electronics supply chain
  • EIA Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EPD Environmental product declaration
  • ESG Environment, social and governance disclosure. Used interchangeably with CSR.
  • FiT  Feed-in tariff, the price renewable energy generators are paid by utility companies for their energy
  • FLA Fair Labor Association
  • FSC Forest Stewardship Council, creates standards for sustainably-harvested woods and fibers.
  • FT Fair Trade
  • G3/G3.1 Global reporting initiative’s third generation of sustainability reporting guidelines
  • G4 Global reporting initiative’s fourth generation of sustainability reporting guidelines
  • GEP Gender equality principals
  • GHGP Greenhouse gas protocol for emissions reporting
  • GIIRS Global impact investing rating system; third-party ratings for impact investments
  • GISR Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings
  • GRI Global Reporting Initiative
  • ILO  International Labor Organization core labor standards
  • IR/IIRC Integrated reporting framework of the International Integrated Reporting Council
  • ISO 14001 International Standards Organization’s Environmental Management System
  • ISO 26000 ISO social responsibility standard
  • ISO 31000 ISO risk management standard
  • IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. See also ICUN Red List of threatened species
  • KPI Key performance indicator
  • LBC The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today
  • LCA Lifecycle assessment or Lifecycle analysis
  • LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for green buildings
  • MDGs United Nations Millennium Development Goals
  • OSHA U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, provides standards for workplace safety
  • RECs Renewable Energy Credits — similar to carbon offsets, but just for renewable energy
  • REDD Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, a U.N. forestry program
  • RSPO Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
  • SASB Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; offers sustainability accounting standards by industry
  • SEA Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • SFI Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • SDGs U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
  • SRI Socially Responsible Investing
  • ULE UL Environment, a standards board
  • UNDHR United Nations Declaration on Human Rights
  • UNGC U.N. Global Compact; companies endorse and report on their progress in meeting 10 CSR principals
  • USGBC U.S. Green Building Council; responsible for the LEED standard for green building
  • VCS Verified carbon standard, carbon offset certification body.

2015_07_15-01 Triple PunditTriple Pundit is a new-media company for highly conscious business laders.  They have grown to become one of the world’s most well read websites on ethical, sustainable & profitable business with over 450,000 unique monthly readers. Their philosophy is based on the triple bottom line, People, Planet & Profit.  The TBL argues that economy, environment and society are inseparably related and an understanding of all three is critical to long term profitability.

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